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Moray Council suspends sale of council houses for 10 years

Councillors in Moray have agreed to suspend the sale of council houses for 10 years.

More than half of the area's council housing stock has been sold to sitting tenants since right-to-buy legislation was introduced in the early 1980s.

There are currently about 3,000 names on the waiting list for housing.

The decision means that pressured area status will apply to the whole of Moray for 10 years under the new Housing (Scotland) Act.

Communities committee chairman Eric McGillivray said the council needed to build more than 420 new homes every year for the next 10 years to meet demand.

He said: "We will not be able to build at that rate which is why we had to look at a blanket pressured area status for the whole of Moray to ensure that the council housing stock that we currently have remains in circulation."

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